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Adaalat – अदालत – Sleepwalking – Episode 425 – 31st May 2015


Srishti! What’s the matter, sir? It’s nothing. I was just
worried about Srishti. Listen.
– Yes. Hasn’t my wife come back yet? Ma’am has gone for a party. She will be late. Please, take rest. ‘It must be dad
calling me up.’ ‘Let me hear his voice
for the last time.’ Dad. Srishti, are you all right? Yes, dad.
I’m absolutely fine. My dear, I’ve been
getting weird dreams for the past few days. About that illness
of yours. Dad, I’m very happy over here. You’re worrying for no reason.
Where’s mom? She.. She has gone
to attend a party. Dear, please go to bed now. Also, if you need anything,
let me know. Sure, dad. Bye, dear,
and take care. That guy was so weird.
– So weird! That guy was driving so fast. Oh, no!
– It was amazing. She has turned this room
into a swimming pool. This lowlife should be removed
from this room. She hasn’t made the beds either. They have been left
as they were. She has kept her bed tidy. I.. I’ll make your bed
right away. What are you saying? You stupid goat! What have you done to yourself? Go and change
your clothes first. The three of us are very tired. Go.
Go and change. They’re still sleeping. I’ll freshen up
and go to college before they wake up. What are these marks on my arms? They weren’t there yesterday. Did the three of them do this? Your Honour,
this is a very simple case. There’s only one suspect in the triple murder
at the hostel of GKV College. Just one.
Not just a suspect. I’m sure that this person is guilty
of the crime. Ms. Srishti Gupta. Don’t be fooled by her
innocent face, Your Honour. The entire hostel is witness
to the fact that Ms. Srishti Gupta
wasn’t friends with her roommates
Naina, Anita and Shagun. They would often
be heard quarrelling. And then one morning,
a loud scream was heard. It was Ms. Srishti Gupta
who screamed when she realised
that in a fit of anger murdered all her roommates. To shed more light on the case I would like to call upon the chief investigating
officer Inspector Dave. Your Honour, we received a call
on the morning of the 16th. Three corpses had been found
in the hostel of GKV College. We reached there
to investigate the case. ‘Who has the first one
to see the bodies?’ ‘Sir, it was me.’ ‘When I went near their beds
in the morning’ ‘they were all..
– What happened?’ ‘Do you want to say something?’ ‘Sir, she’s lying.’ ‘We think that she has murdered’ ‘Naina, Shagun and Anita.’ ‘Why do you think so?
– She was their roommate.’ ‘She was with them last night.
– That’s nonsense.’ ‘Why would I murder them?’ ‘Sir, I haven’t murdered them.’ ‘Sir, I found this cloth and
knife in the dustbin outside.’ ‘Sir, it’s Srishti’s dress.’ ‘She’d worn it last evening.’ After investigating,
I got to know that the blood on the knife was that
of the three murder victims and the knife also had
Srishti’s fingerprints. Your Honour, not only that nail marks were seen
on Ms. Srishti’s arms. It’s obvious.
Those girls must have struggled a lot to save themselves. They were all
from poor families. They were their respective
parents’ only children and Ms. Srishti Gupta
ruthlessly murdered them
over their petty fights. What are you saying, sir? I haven’t murdered them. I still don’t know how I got
these marks on my arms. It’s obvious
that you will pretend to be innocent,
Ms. Srishti Gupta. But the court won’t get
influenced by your baseless claims. There are many girls
at the hostel who could testify that Ms. Srishti Gupta had
made their lives miserable. Your Honour, Srishti used
to create a ruckus every day. She used to knock on our doors
even after midnight. She used to barge
into our rooms, late at night. When somebody would question
or try to talk to her she would leave
without even answering. The three girls, Naina, Shagun
and Anita, were sweethearts. They were on good terms
with everybody. They never used
to fight with anybody. I don’t know why.
They were happy when Srishti was expected
six months ago as they would
get a new roommate. But after a few days we used to hear them
quarrel. Your Honour,
Srishti has murdered them. Thank you, Jyoti. Your Honour, I don’t think that the court should
waste its time anymore. Honestly,
I don’t even understand why Mr. K.D.
has taken up this case. Mr. Prosecutor, I have
taken it up because what you see
is not necessarily real and what’s real might
not necessarily be seen. And you aren’t be to see
something in this case. Please, sit down. I’ll
explain it to you. Sit down. Your Honour, the prosecutor
presented the argument that the nail marks
on Srishti’s arms were made
by the three dead girls. But he forgot
to inform the court that traces of Srishti’s skin weren’t found
under their nails. This means that the nail marks haven’t been made
by those girls. Possibly the nail marks
were made by the murderer who must’ve attacked Srishti and tried to murder her as well. In the process
of protecting herself she could’ve got
the nail marks. Mr. K.D, it’s also possible that Srishti has
made the marks herself. The murders took place
at 2:00 a.m. But the people saw
the dead bodies at 6:00 a.m. That means, there
was a difference of four hours. I mean, after thinking
about the consequences Srishti could’ve
tried to hide the crime she had committed
out of anger. After all, Srishti
was the college topper. She must be cunning.
– Had Srishti been so cunning.. Like you said,
she had four hours. Why would she leave her
fingerprints on the knife? Why did she dump her dress and the knife in the dustbin
outside the college? Four hours is a lot of time.
Enough to erase evidences to burn the dress
and hide the knife by burying it somewhere. But she didn’t
do anything like that. That means, all the evidences
were planted there so that the police could easily
find them while investigating. Hold on.. Who told you that Srishti hadn’t thrown the
dress and the knife over there? I’m sorry. We won’t agree
just because you say so. We have a reason
not to agree with you. Your Honour,
with your permission I would like to call the watchman of GKV College
hostel Mr. Nihaal Chand, here. Permission granted. I was outside the hostel
with a radio.. ‘My friends, it’s 3:00 a.m.’ ‘Yes.
It’s 3:00 a.m.’ ‘It’s the time when ghosts
and evil spirits’ ‘come out to hunt.’ ‘This show of mine’ ‘is followed by mostly watchmen
and security guards.’ ‘Friends,
take care of yourselves.’ ‘Look to the left
and then right.’ ‘A ghost might
be approaching you.’ ‘That was utter nonsense.’ Thank you, Mr. Nihaal Chand. Did you hear him, Mr. K.D? Yes, I did. I want to ask
Mr. Nihaal Chand something. Thank you. Mr. Nihaal Chand,
as per your statement you were right there
at 3:00 a.m. – Yes. You were doing your job. Why didn’t you
ask her why she was throwing waste after
midnight. Didn’t you ask her? I didn’t ask her because she used to do it
regularly. She used to throw waste
after midnight, twice a week. I’d tried to ask her once. But she made a face and left. Since then, I’ve never asked
her the reason. Sir, he’s lying. I never used to throw
waste at night. I don’t know, why they
are blabbering nonsense. They’re absolutely right. Please, come to the witness box
and give your statement. Ms. Gupta, to help the court
maintain its records I would like to inform that.. She’s Ms. Bindu Gupta. She’s Srishti’s mother. Ms. Gupta, tell me something. Your house is 25 kilometres
away from the hostel. Yes. – As per Nihaal
Singh’s statement he had seen Srishti
throw waste at 3:00 a.m. She has done it
several times. How are you aware of this fact? Did Srishti inform you or had you been there
at 3:00 a.m.? Your Honour, actually
I know since the beginning. Srishti has been suffering
from sleepwalking since her childhood! Your Honour, I beg your pardon. The defence was not aware
of the client’s disease. The defence requests for time
to investigate the truth. I defer the court
until the next hearing. The court is adjourned. Sir, what did Srishti say? Srishti said that she
was ashamed to tell people about her sleepwalking disease. Whatever the reason.. She shouldn’t have hidden
the truth from me. Sir, is it possible for someone to kill
three people in this state and forget about it? Yes. It is possible. There have been many
cases in the world wherein people have
committed murder in sleep. The accused were convicted
in some cases and acquitted in some. What was the basis, sir? On the basis
of the complexity of the case. It is fine if the patient performs a normal task
in sleep. But if a patient claims
to drive a car in sleep especially on a busy street it becomes doubtful. Sir, do you think
that Srishti is innocent? Not just that, Varun. The police recovered Srishti’s
shirt from the dustbin but she hadn’t worn it
that night. Then, how come there were
blood stains on it? I guess, someone is trying
to frame Srishti. That person knows about Srishti’s disease
and is taking advantage of it. If we find the person we will find the murderer. Her mom Bindu Gupta. Sir, while I was doing
Srishti’s background check I found out that Bindu was her
stepmother and that she had forcibly
sent Srishti to the hostel. Srishti’s college teacher
Professor Sheila Tandon had asked Ms. Bindu
not to visit the college. Srishti’s mother was
completely insane, Mr. K.D. Once, she came to the college
and started shouting at Srishti. It was about their property. Then, I strictly asked her
not to come here. Did you try to talk to Srishti about it or were you able
to talk? Many times.. I tried many
times to talk to her. In fact, I even counselled her. But whenever it was
about her family she used to keep quiet. Because I didn’t want any
kind of disturbance to affect her studies. I think, her stepmother
used to intimidate her a lot. By the way,
Srishti was a sweet girl. If she was so sweet how come she used
to have arguments with the three girls
who died? What was the reason
behind the quarrel between them? Those three girls used to attend
college only to pass the time. Parties, drinking
and a lot more. There were a lot of differences
between their personalities and Srishti’s personality. Maybe that’s why, they never
got along with each other. In fact, Srishti had
complained about them. One day, the boyfriend
of one of the three girls had come to the hostel. That too, during the day when all the girls
were at college. I wonder what he was
doing in their room! Srishti saw him there. Obviously, Srishti complained
about them. Naturally, I took
Srishti’s side. This could be a reason, too. He came in. So, he had
the key to the room. All of you are framing me. I have nothing to do
with this case. Mohit, I haven’t yet
asked you any question. Why are you getting so excited?
Don’t get excited. Relax. Have some water.
Come on. Have it. Your Honour, what is going on? Mr. K.D, are you done treating
him? Should I get any medicine? Your Honour, I thought
that this case was about Naina, Anita
and Shagun’s murder in which the main accused
was Ms. Srishti Gupta. I wonder why Mr. K.D.
has got this boy Mohit! What has he got to do
with this case, sir? Your Honour, the main reason
behind bringing Mohit was that he was
the boyfriend of Shagun one of the three girls
who died. After talking to Mrs. Tandon when I sent my assistant Varun
to investigate the hostel room with Inspector Dave.. ‘Dave, the clothes, the phone
and the laptop in this room’ ‘are expensive and are
of the latest brands.’ ‘But PP told the court’ ‘that the girls
belonged to poor families.’ ‘In fact, they had taken
education loans.’ ‘Yes, Varun.
Something is fishy.’ ‘Both of them will answer this.’ ‘Sir, we don’t know
how this happened.’ ‘We did not even know
that they were poor.’ ‘They were always
acting very cool.’ ‘Yes, sir.
Only Srishti was very foolish.’ ‘I mean, she used to fight
with everybody.’ ‘She always used to complain.’ ‘Like she complained
the other day’ ‘when the boy came
to the hostel once. – Once!’ ‘Sir, the boy often used
to come to the hostel.’ ‘He used to come
every week.’ ‘His name is Mohit.’ ‘He was Shagun’s boyfriend.
– Really?’ ‘Sir, they were a cute couple.’ ‘Poor Mohit. Mohit used
to love Shagun a lot, sir.’ ‘Every week, he used to get
expensive gifts for her.’ ‘Shagun used to gift him
soft toys.’ ‘But after Srishti
complained about them’ ‘Mrs. Tandon posted
Nihaal Chand’ ‘outside the hostel gate.’ ‘Dave, they used to exchange
gifts whenever they met.’ Mr. K.D, what does this prove? I agree. I agree that Mohit
and Shagun were lovers. I also agree that Mohit
used to give her gifts. I also agree that Shagun used
to gift him soft toys in return. What does this have to do
with the case? It does have a connection, sir. I am trying to explain
the connection to the court. Your Honour, if Mohit
and Shagun were lovers.. It’s understood that a boy gives lots of gifts
to his girlfriend. Therefore even he would’ve given
expensive things to Shagun. But Your Honour,
it’s suspicious to see expensive things with the other
two girls, in that hostel room. So was Shagun your girlfriend? Y-Yes..
S-She was m-my girlfriend. No, Mohit.
She wasn’t your girlfriend. Had she been your girlfriend then the small soft toys
given by her wouldn’t have been found
in that condition in your house. ‘All these toys have been
ripped apart as if..’ ‘Hey, stop!’ ‘Stop.’ Police subjected Mohit
to a medical test and its report is present
on your desk. The report proves that a drug named PLS was found in excessive quantity,
in his blood. Order.
Order. Silence in the court. Not only in his blood,
Your Honour. The soft toys
gifted by Shagun that have been recovered
from his house.. The ones reduced to rags.. Traces of PLS
were found in those rags too.. You may see the report. What are you thinking,
Mr. Prosecutor? No need to trouble yourself. Let me explain. What I was trying to say
before the court is that all the three girls
belonged to a poor family. Recovery of such expensive
things from the girls’ room like mobile phone, laptop etc. Also, Shagun gifting him
soft toys which contained the drug PLS indicates that
all the three girls ran a drug racket. They used to give him soft toys and he used to give bags
in return. It’s obvious what those
bags contained. Your Honour, I’m confident that he’s the kingpin
of that drug racket run by these three girls. Will you narrate the remaining
story? I am quite tired. Yes, Your Honour. Shagun wasn’t my girlfriend,
she was my drug supplier. I used to deliver her cash
as gifts and she used to supply me drugs
in return. ‘No need to check.’ ‘The whole amount is
in the bag.’ ‘Also, I need double the
quantity of drugs next time.’ ‘Okay, even I’ve increased
the price of the drugs.’ ‘Next time, three grams
will cost Rs. 3,000.’ Your Honour, initially all our deals would take place
in the hostel. I had the keys to Shagun’s room. When all the girls would
leave for college I would quietly sneak into
Shagun’s room. I would leave the money there
and take away the drugs. But one day Srishti saw me. She made a huge hue and cry. She created such a big scene
that I was thrown out. Ms. Tandon warned Shagun too. Since then Shagun,
Naina and Anita became sworn enemies of Srishti. And even you followed suit. Not only that. I mean, you did become
Srishti’s enemy but you had already
become hostile towards Shagun. You couldn’t digest the fact that Shagun has increased
the prices. Right? So you thought of killing
two birds with one stone. You implicated Srishti
after killing Shagun Naina and Anita. That’s all.
Game finished. No, sir.
I-I didn’t kill anyone. You had the keys to that room. You had easy access. You had the motive to kill so it’s likely that you’ve
committed the murders. Mr. KD!
Excuse me. Let’s accept your argument. Your Honour, I admit that maybe Naina, Shagun
and Anita had an estrangement with
Mohit over the drugs’ money. Okay, we accept that. But Mr. KD, it again fails
to prove that your client
Srishti Gupta is innocent. Your Honour,
point to be noted is that in the last hearing,
we found out that Srishti Gupta is
a sleepwalker. We also found out
that she joined GKV college six months ago. But what we didn’t know is that after leaving
St. Martin’s college she didn’t join GKV college
at her own will. Rather she was forced
by her parents. The reason behind it was
Srishti Gupta’s sleepwalking and her violent
behaviour after that because of which even
her family was worried. To the extent that even
her mother Ms. Bindu Gupta was about to become a victim
of her violent behaviour which succeeds her sleepwalking. Yes, Your Honour, once Srishti
Gupta during her sleepwalk tried to shoot her
mother Bindu Gupta. Order, order.
Silence in the court. Yes, Your Honour,
this girl is crazy. Had I known about it earlier then I wouldn’t have
married her father. She tried to kill me
even at night. Mom, why are you lying? Your Honour, why would I lie? Though I’m her step mom,
I still am a mother to her. After all,
even we should respect law. Your Honour, if you don’t
punish this murderer then many parents will
lose their children. Wow! Mrs. Gupta, that’s amazing! I am glad to know that
you respect law so much. My point exactly.
She might’ve killed her friends. And now she is trying
to act innocent. Very soon we will get to know
as to who is acting innocent. Your Honour,
Mrs. Gupta is right. Srishti suffers from
a sleepwalking disorder. She often wakes up in
the middle of the night and in her sleepwalk, cleans
her room and does other things. But it’s a lie that she tried
to shoot her step mother while sleepwalking. I’d like to call famous
neurologist Dr. Singh to the witness box, to give
expert opinion on this disorder. Dr. Singh, please tell the
court whether it is possible for a person suffering from this
disorder, to go to another room open the cupboard, take the gun load it with cartridge take aim and shoot a person while sleepwalking? Yes, it is possible,
but not in Srishti’s case. Your Honour,
I’ve thoroughly tested Srishti. Based on my test results,
Srishti suffers from a unique sleepwalking disorder which
is called anxiety neurosis. Srishti is very pedantic. She wakes up in her sleep
only when her room is dirty or when she knows that her
room hasn’t been cleaned. Her anxiety is
because of her pedantic nature. Srishti can clean her room while
sleepwalking in the night but can’t murder
anyone with a weapon. The sequence of loading a gun
which Mr. KD narrated is quite complex which anyone can hardly do
while sleepwalking. And Srishti can never do it.
– Thank you, Dr. Singh. Your Honour, Dr. Singh’s
explanation proves that Mrs. Gupta is
lying to the court. She is trying to frame
my client Srishti. Your Honour. Mr. KD, why would she do so? For the same old reason,
Your Honour the greed for property. If the court punishes Srishti for these murders then all her father’s property
will go to her step mother Bindu Gupta. Not only that, as per the
information I’ve collected she has consulted
a lawyer in this regard. That is why she is
trying to frame Srishti. Mom, you have always made
false accusations against me. Why do you do that? After all why are you so mean? What harm have I done to you? I wonder what all lies
have you told to dad, about me so that he sends me to hostel,
haven’t you? Speak up. Say it in everyone’s presence.
Why do you do all this? Your Honour, we’ve to rush her
to the hospital immediately. The court orders the police
to take Mohit into custody and get Srishti treated
in a government hospital. The court is
adjourned for the day. See, she is sleeping.
Wake her up. Sir, I don’t feel like waking
her up.. Poor lady is sleeping. Even I can see that
she is sleeping. Her job is not to sleep
but to guard. Wake her up. Ma’am.
Ma’am. Madam! What is it? We need to ask
Srishti a few questions. Not now,
come in the morning. Listen, we need to ask her
now and not in the morning. We have taken permission
from Inspector Dave. If you wish I’ll get
him on line for you. No need, let it be.
You can go inside. No, wait. I’ll wake her up. Oh my God!
Where has she gone? She was here a while ago. Where has she gone? Usually, I don’t
doze off like this. Ma’am, what happened? Your Honour,
I had already said that the innocent
looking Srishti Gupta is, in fact, a sly
and vicious criminal. Firstly, she lied in the court
about her sleepwalking habit and secondly,
she feigned unconsciousness. And when she was taken
to the hospital for treatment she fled from there. So, Mr. KD, what do you have
to say about your client? Well, I don’t have anything
to say, Prosecutor. Rather I can show you
something, if you say. Sure, go ahead.
– Please come in. Mr. Pathak, what’s going on? I apologise, Your Honour. Your Honour I’d like to call inspector Dave
to the witness box to narrate the events
after Srishti went missing from the hospital.
– Permission granted. Your Honour KD called me as soon as he found
out that Srishti was missing. ‘I was awake till 2 a.m., but
I’ve no idea how I feel asleep.’ ‘How can you sleep
while on duty?’ ‘No, she didn’t fall asleep.
It was not her fault.’ ‘I think someone drugged her.
Go on. Take rest.’ ‘KD,
where did Srishti run off to?’ ‘She didn’t run away.’ ‘She sleepwalked out of here.
– How will we find her now?’ ‘Do you remember what Dr. Singh
stated in the court?’ ‘That she sleepwalks’ ‘only when she thinks
her room is dirty.’ ‘I’m sure she must have gone
to her room.’ ‘So, KD, we must..
– I’ve asked Varun to go there’ ‘and to keep an eye on her.’ ‘I’ve a special task for you.’ ‘You want to catch the killer,
right?’ ‘Hold on,
Varun may call any moment.’ Your Honour, Srishti’s missing
incident cleared two facts. Firstly, the killer knew about Srishti’s
sleepwalking illness. Secondly,
he drugged the lady constable so that Srishti
may go out unnoticed. Your Honour, I knew that next, the killer
will try to murder Srishti. But Mr. KD, only Mohit was the
other suspect apart from Srishti and he was in the lockup. Have patience.
The truth will soon be revealed. Here they are. Your Honour, as per my guess,
Srishti went to her hostel room to clean it up,
after she left the hospital. And as I guessed,
Mrs. Tandon arrived there to kill Srishti and to make it look
like a suicide. Inspector Dave and my
assistant Varun arrived there and caught her red-handed. By that time, she had managed
to get Srishti unconscious using the same drug that she
used to drug the lady constable. Mrs. Tandon was trying
to slit Srishti’s wrist using her own hand to make it look like a suicide. Your Honour,
Inspector Dave also found Srishti’s suicide letter
on Mrs. Tandon. Mrs. Tandon, now there’s
nothing more to be discussed. I’ve told everything
to the Honourable Judge. You’ve been caught red-handed. So, it’s up to you now whether you want to say
anything in your defense or plead guilty to the crime. Yes.. I’ve murdered
all three of them.. Order! Order!
Silence in the court! Those three girls
supplied drugs to me. And I gave them a lot in return. Money, comfort,
a good lifestyle.. But they started acting up. They tried to blackmail me. Then I decided
that soon I’ll get rid of them. Then Srishti approached me,
to talk about her problems. Srishti told me that she
suffers from Somnambulism. And she already had an
altercation with these girls. That’s it.
I got my plan. That day, I went to the hostel
at the right opportunity. And I hid inside. I waited for the night. And as soon as
the clock struck two firstly, I sedated
all the four girls. Then, I made fingernail
scratches on Srishti’s hand and killed Anita,
Shagun and Naina. So that, everyone
suspects Srishti for killing the three of them. Then, I kept the knife
near the dustbin. Because I knew that Srishti
will surely wake up at 3 a.m. and throw its garbage
in the dustbin outside. And Nihalchand would see her. When I went to the washroom
to wash my hands I saw Srishti’s night
dress lying there. I thought that if
the Police finds Srishti’s blood
stained clothes too their suspicion would grow
strong. That’s why I cleaned my
hands with that dress and threw it in that dustbin. And just as I had planned Srishti woke up at night
and threw the garbage in the big dustbin outside. I thought that if this case
doesn’t close down soon you might suspect me as well. So, I planned to get
Srishti out of the hospital. And I tried to project
her death as a suicide. Srishti is lucky
that you failed. Well, it’s really unfortunate that you did this
despite being a teacher. It’s a teacher’s duty
to lead her pupil to the right path in life. But you led your pupils astray
for your selfish interests. The defense rests, Your Honour. After considering all
the witnesses and evidences this court finds
Mrs. Tandon guilty of Naina, Anita
and Shagun’s murder and sentences her to
life imprisonment. It acquits Srishti with dignity after finding that
she is innocent. Also, it instructs the Police to carry a thorough
investigation against Mohit for supplying drugs. The case is closed.

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